Wisdom Begins in Wonder: How Authentic Catholic Educators and Families Can Save the Culture

Catholic education is the topic of our 2020 Familiaris Consortio Conference.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the Michigan League Ballroom 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

What is Catholic education and why is it so different from other educational models? How does Catholic education support the family and what are the rights and responsibilities of parents and educators with regard to the education of children? Learn how Catholic education can be the key to saving the culture.

Keynote speaker, Mary Rice Hasson will present her talk “With Grace and Responsibility: Embracing Our Mission in a Challenging Culture.” Mary is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, where she also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of women in support of Catholic teachings. An attorney and policy expert, Mary advises legislators and faith-based organizations, writes for a variety of publications, speaks at national conferences and universities, and is a frequent media commentator. For the past three years, Mary has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See at the United Nations during the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, speaking on women and work, the value of caregiving, education, and gender ideology. She is the co-author of two books on education, including Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late, and the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, Mary is married to Kevin Seamus Hasson, and they have seven adult children and one grandchild.

The morning will also include talks by Tom Maloney, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lansing and John M. DeJak, President of Father Gabriel Richard High School. Additionally, Al Kresta, of Ave Maria Radio, will moderate panels of parents, educators, and clergy including Greg and Lisa Popcak, Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, OP, Fr. Jim Rolph (a 2006 graduate of FGR), Karen McClelland, and Brian Garred. These panels will offer opportunity for attendees to join the conversation and ask questions.

The Familiaris Consortio Lecture Series is an outreach initiative by Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to bring scholars and accomplished individuals to speak on a variety of issues that directly affect modern family life striving to contribute to the common good. It takes its name from the 1981 Apostolic Exhortation by Pope St. John Paul II which was the fruit of thirty years of philosophical reflection and practical experience on issues regarding the family.

Registration for this event is $15 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Click here to register. For more information, contact communications@fgrhs.org or call 734-662-0496, ext. 209.

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